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were so important and he put them before everything, even what he wanted. i'll never forget when we were trying to pass health care reform in 1993 and '94. senator byrd was a passionate supporter of the efforts we were making just as he was the efforts that president obama's made, but we only had 55 votes and we could not defeat a filibuster. and so i said senator, why don't you let me stick this in the budget because it's the only thing you can't filibuster. that violated something called the byrd rule. they knew he was running the senate and it would name the rule for him, and i said, you know, you really ought to suspend it because the budget is going to be bankrupt if we don't quit spending so much money on
health care and we can't do it unless we offer health care to everybody, and he looked at me and said that argument might have worked when you were a professor in law school. but you know as well as i do it is substantively wrong. he wouldn't do it and then in his defense he turned right around and he worked his heart out to break that filibuster and he was trying until the very end not to get me to give up the fight because he said if we just tried we could find some errant republican who would make a mistake and vote with us. he would never give it up. the point i want to make is he made a decision against his own interest, his own conviction, his own fight and that's one reason i thank god that he could go in his wheelchair, in his most significant vote at the end of his service in the senate and vote for health care reform and make it real.
>> now -- i will say this. if you wanted to get along with senator byrd and you were having one of these constitutional differences, it was better for your long-term health if you lost the battle. i won the battle over the line-item veto. oh, he hated the line-item veto. he hated the line-item veto with a passion that most people in west virginia reserve for blood feuds like the hatfields and the mccoys. you would have thought the line-item veto had been killing members of the byrd family for 100 years. it made his blood boil. you've never been lectured by anybody until bob byrd has lectured you.
you have never known a lecture. i regret that every new president and every new member of congress will never have the experience of being dressed down by senator robert byrd and i'll be darned if he wasn't right about that, too, that the supreme court ruled for him instead of me on the decline for the line-item veto. the point i want to make here is a serious one. he did as good a job for you as he could. as far as he was concerned there was no such thing as too much for west virginia, but the one thing he would not do even for you is violate his sense of what was required to maintain the integrity of the constitution and the integrity of the united states senate so that america could go on when we were wrong as well as right. so we would never be dependent
on always being right. let me just say, finally, it is common place to say that he was a self-made man, that he set an example of life time learning. he was the first and as far as i know, maybe the only member of congress to get a law degree while serving in the congress, but he did more learning than that and all you have to do is look around this crowd today and listen to that music to remember. there are a lot of people who wrote these eulogies for senator byrd in the newspapers, and i read a bunch of them and they mentioned that he once had a fleeting association with the ku klux klan and what does that mean. i'll tell you what it means? he was a country boys from the hills and hollows of west
virginia. he was trying to get elected and maybe he did something he shouldn't have done and he spent the rest of his life making it up and that's what a good person does. there are no perfect people. there are certainly no perfect politicians. so, yeah, i'm glad he got a law degree, but by the time he got a law degree he knew more than 99% of the lawyers in america anyway. the degree he got in human nature and human wisdom, the understanding that came to him by serving you and serving in the senate that the people from the hills and hollows of west virginia in their patriotism, they provided a disproportionate number of the soldiers who fought for our independence from england and they provided a disproportionate number of the soldiers in every single, solitary conflict since that
time whether they agreed or disagreed with the policy. the family feeling, the klan loyalty, the fanatic independency, the desire for a hand up and not a handout. the willingness to fight when put into a corner, that has often knot the people from whom senator byrd and i sprang in trouble because we didn't keep learning and growing that all o africans that were left up and left down and lived to go to church, and live to see a better deal and have their children sign up for the military when they were needed, they're just like we are. that all of the irish catholics
used to fight, everybody, the italian immigrants, the people from latin america who have come to our shores, the people from all over the world, everybody who has ever been let down, left out and ignored and abused or who have a terrible family story. we are all alike. that is the real education robert byrd got and he lived it every day of his life in the united states senate to make america a better, stronger place. so -- not long after, maybe right before senator byrd lost irma i said in a fleeting world of instant food and attention deficit disorder, he had proved and so had she that some people
really do love each other until death do them part. i've been thinking about that today thinking maybe we ought to amend the marriage vows and say that 'til death to us part until death do bring us back together. i -- i admired senator byrd. i liked him. i was grateful to him. i loved our arguments and i loved our common causes, but most of all i loved it that he had the wisdom to believe that america was more important than any one individual, any one president, any one senator, that the rules, the institutions, the system had to enable us to keep forming a more perfect union through ups and downs and good
times and bad. he has left us a precious gift. he fought the good fight. he kept the faith. he has finished his course, but not ours. if we really would honor him today and every day, we must remember his lessons and live by them. thank you. >> i'm andrea mitchell in washington. former president bill clinton just giving his tribute to the former -- former senator robert byrd, of course, one-time majority leader and senator pro tem at his memorial service on
the steps of the capitol of west virginia. as the speakers approach the podium we will continue and here is vice president joe biden. who will be followed by the president of the united states, barack obama. >> reverend, clergy, good morning, marjorie, the entire byrd family. if you didn't already know it, it is pretty clear, the incredible esteem your father was held in. i know you've known that your whole life. to my fellow members of the senate, you know, i was telling the president when i got elected the last time and a great honor of running with the president, i was elected vice president and united states senator the same day for my seventh term and in talking to -- and i got sworn in for that seventh term because we thought we might need a vote
there in those first couple of weeks, and every time i sat with a leader, i never called senator byrd senator. i always called him leader. when i sat with the leader i could see that look in his face and he said, joe, are you sure you're making the right decision giving up the senate for vice president? he let the senators know he revered the senate. he in no way said going into the chamber when we were going in to honor your father. yesterday we walked in together. he said, joe, had you stayed you'd be number two. i'm still number two, danny. i'm still number two. ladies and gentlemen, mr. preside president, yesterday i had the opportunity to pay my respects to leader byrd as he lay in repose in the senate chamber. i met the family then and again
today and the last time that happened was 50 years ago. the last time that that chamber i revere served as a resting place for anyone was -- was 50 years ago. but although i and my colleagues revere the senate, robert c. byrd elevated the senate. other great men and their families would have chosen for them to lay in state in the rotunda, but bob byrd whose family chose to lay in state in the senate chamber, and to me -- >> as the tribute continues to senator robert byrd, we're going to be returning to west virginia momentarily, but first a number of other stories to be catching up to. mixed reaction today to a very mixed unemployment report. although the unemployment rate
fell to 9.5% last month with 83,000 private sector jobs added, that was still fewer than expected and barely dents the 8 million jobs lost during the recession. overall, payrolls are down 125,000 in june, the lowest since october. with many frustrated job seekers leaving the workforce entirely. hilda solis joins us live. madam secretary, this is not a great report. it's a mixed report as we've just been reporting. we are still not creating enough jobs to catch up. 85,000, 83 to 85,000 jobs are not nearly enough to keep pace with the growth of the labor force. >> right. well, i would like to just speak a little bit about where we've been in the last six months because if you look cumulatively over each month, we've added about 100,000 jobs each month. we added 600,000 jobs up until this day, and the 83,000 that we added that we saw come in in
june certainly, we wanted to see it much higher, but you also know we lost 225,000 jobs because of temporary census workers that were relieved. we know we still have a ways to go, but the signs that i see in terms of where we come from in the last six months show me we are still adding jobs in manufacturing, which is good. 9,000 jobs added there and 9,000 jobs added in health care, and i continue to see trends where it gives me the idea that we're still struggling, but we know that there are certain things that still have to take place in the economy and still have to help those unemployed, the 14 million that are still seeking assistance. we have to extend the unemployment insurance and that's the urgency right now because if people will receive those checks they'll spend the money right away and it will go right back to the neighborhood to buy gasoline and pampers and buy food supplies and pay for rent. that's an immediate stimulus. we need the senate to move on that as soon as they get back here and look at other extenders that the president has been push
approximating for. tax credits and breaks for rnd research and summer use employment. the congress active before they left town. they had good ideas and there are things that we can do and we hope to move that along. >> so there's a downturn in consumer confidence. new home sales and there are warning signs the markets have been very turbulent and really on a downward trend. what are the concerns about a double dip to a recession? >> you know, i don't want to speculate because i still think that during this period that we're going into the summer will be what we have called the summer of recovery. you will see a lot of the major infrastructure projects now beginning to hit the road so to speak where we will see infrastructure projects and transportation and building bridges and also sewage plants that are going to be repaired. so there will be a lot of folks out there in construction and wow will see activity out in the local government and out in the field, and i know there will be more jobs that will be added today. today the president talked about
extending broadband expansion and i.t. and that hopefully will create 5,000 more jobs in that sector and we know we have to do more and we have to keep our pedal on the fuel pump there to keep going and keep moving ahead. i think we have seen a trajectory where we've seen increasing growth in jobs and that's the good news and when i look at those reports, that's the hope that i have that we'll continue to move forward. >> labor secretary hilda solis, thank you very much. thanks for being with us. joining us now yens white house news correspondent savannah guthrie, and steve liesman joining us. steve, first to you. let's talk about the numbers as you read them and as a columnist and as the markets are reading them. >> the unemployment rate is down because they have left the workforce. fewer people working tend to bring down the unemployment rate and it is really not anything that is something that we need to feel very good about. >> savannah, let's talk about the white house reaction and what we just heard from hilda
solis. what -- there's a lot of good spin and people were discouraged -- >> you have a long -- sorry. >> they're trying to use these numbers to make the pitch, of course, for the jobs bill, but now the house and senate have left and there will be no action on that. aside from the political points they're trying to make this is not a very positive economic indicator. >> not at all. they could saying you can't look at any one jobs report, but you have to look at the trends. we've been adding jobs now such as it is for six months which is better than where we were. that's all they can say and this is a huge concern, number one because unemployment has been persistently troubling and number two, with the threat of a double-dip recession which they're not talking about at the white house because they can't. you don't want to have a self-fulfilling prophecy there, if we do slide back into recession, there's not a lot they can do in terms of stimulus
because there's no appetite politically for that. >> what kind of strategy now can they use? they don't really have any other weapons, as you point out. the president can go around and hilda solis can talk about the summer of recovery, but anything to start this summer will not show up as real addition to the economy for months and months. >> right. they're trying to tout some of the stimulus projects that are now kicking into action. that's why we're getting the summer of recovery as they've branded it. also they announced today new investments in broadband that they say will bring 5,000 construction jobs this summer initially. they're not permanent jobs, but installation, but they're trying to do what they can and what everybody is waiting for is for these medium and large-sized businesses that are doing pretty well and are posting profits to start hiring. for whatever reason, an economist can tell you better than i can that they're holding back. >> more political trouble ahead for the white house if this
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continues for west virginia, i want to bring in "news week" national affairs correspondent. the political analyst and the author of the promise. jonathan, in watching these figure, all of these political figures, joe biden and bill clinton in paying tribute to bobby byrd whom i covered back when he was majority leader. his relationship with bill clinton as the former president recount side one of the most striking. >> absolutely. you know, i first sow baw bob b
when i was a summer intern in 1975, and he was the whip, and i can remember as a young guy just being unbelievably impressed by his mastery of parliamentary procedure and also of the class act. you felt like a connection not just to the 20th century and the 19th century as if he was a roman senator and what that relationship with clinton points out is the same as his relationship with ted kennedy which went from very bitter to very close and with a number of republicans that there is this tradition in the senate that we're in danger of losing, of truly working in a collaborative way despite deep political differences. so in losing robert byrd we are also losing some connection to that collegiality that helps make our democracy work. >> although, of course, bill clinton pointed out that if you
went up against him as the former president did on the line-item veto, if you challenged his authority on his view of the constitution. he once told tim russert that a senator in being majority leader was a better job than being president of the united states and as joe biden was recounting earlier, he told joe biden he was taking a step down and did he want to leave the senate to become vice president. >> there's a lot of dumping on the u.s. senate these days and not only did byrd believe in it as an institution. he was constantly infusing his everyday work with the spirit of the constitution. it could be very frustrating and he could be extremely stubborn and he was not the most popular senator with his colleagues by any means. sometimes they'd run up against him on a particular constitutional or parliamentary point and they would have to retreat because he knew a lot more about it than they did and
he had more power than most other senators as you saw when joe biden called him "leader." he was not only a formidable figure in the modernier ieera, going back 40 years. we're not going see his likes again any time soon. >> and one really remembers his emotionally overwrought reaction to ted kennedy's collapse at the inaugural luncheon. there you had -- you know, senator kennedy collapsing, the president having just being sworn in and bobby byrd in his wheelchair just crying for his friend as he realized the extent of senator kennedy's illness. it's an air of his passing, jonathan. >> the thing about that relationship which i find fascinating is that in the 1970s they were such bitter, not just adversaries, but truly enemies in the united states senate and
byrd beat kennedy in a key election for majority whip. >> right. >> they didn't speak to each other and by the end of their lives they were tremendously close, and that -- that's something that that institution can do, and it's important for the democracy that we have these men and women getting to know each other well so that they can work together in the public interest. >> that's exactly why vicky kennedy is one of the few other figures besides the senators and president and former president to speak today. thanks, jonathan. >> thanks, andrea. up next, sarah palin. one year out of office, why her star power is showing no sign of fading away, but what about a political future? you're watching "andrea mitchell reports" only on msnbc. oh, phillips' col health probiotic plus fiber.
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wasilla, lack of larks, where the painin has taken the entire country by surprise. the state of alaska still in shock. >> that was a year ago tomorrow that sarah palin announced she was resigning as governor with 18 months still left in her term and we raced up to wasilla and that was before the best-selling book, before she began backing tea party candidates and before she estimated $15 million, almost $15 million in just the last year alone. ken vogel, senior reporter for politico. ken, what is your spin? when you look at the msnbc washington journal poll. outside of republicans, she's not that popular. she hasn't created a base for running for president. >> that's exactly right, andrea, but because she is so popular among the republican base, she is a legitimate threat to be a contender to be president in 2012 and that makes republicans pretty uneasy because those numbers when you extrapolate them all to the broader electorate, they don't look good
for her and having her as a nominee would significantly reduce the republican brandability to sort of branch out and win those swing votes and the independent voters in 2012 up and down the ballot. >> in terms of the numbers that we're talking about, she has a 23% unfavorable and only 29% favorable, and comparable to what george bush was facing. >> in some ways she missed an opportunity to expand her base and popularity ratings right after she stepped out of the 2008 presidential campaign and after she stepped down from the governorship and instead what she did is she sort of made a beeline for the base. you look at the candidates that she's endorsed. you look at the places where she's traveled. you look at her comments on facebook and on twitter and she's really playing to the base
and stroking the base in a way that does not have the approach toward manning a presidential campaign. >> what a year it's been. a lot of money there, $15 million in just the first year and that's an estimate. thanks, ken. have a great weekend. coming up here next, businesses along the gulf coast try to lure back tourists driven away by the oil spill. stay up-to-date on the gulf oil spill including how you can help. logon to our website, oilspill.msnbc.dom. you're watching "andrea mitchell reports" only on msnbc. i was born and raised here, and, um, i don't personally feel like i ever took advantage of the beach. it's just knowing i'm not ever going to have it back in my life time.
virginia. to his larger family, the people of west virginia, i want you all ton that all america shares your loss. may we all find comfort in a verse of scripture that reminds me of our dear friend. the time of my departure has come. i've fought the good fight, i've finished the race and i've kept the faith. it's interesting that you've heard that passage from several speakers now because it embodies somebody who knew how to run a good and long race and somebody who knew how to keep the faith, with his state, with his family, with his country and his
constitution. years from now, when i think of the man we memorialize today i'll remember him as he was when i came to know him. his white hair full like a mane, his gait steadied with a cane, determined to make the most with every last breath. the distinguished man of virginia could be found at his desk doing the people's business. delivering soul-stirring speeches, a hint of the appalachians in his voice, stabbing the air with his finger, fiery as ever years and the decade. he was a senate icon. he was a party leader. he was an elder statesman. and he was my friend.
that's how i'll remember him. today we remember the path he climbed to such extraordinary peace. born cornelius calvin, jr., corny, he joked for short. his mother lost her life in the great influenza pandemic of 1918. from the aunt and uncle who raised him amid west virginia's coal camps, he gained not only his byrd name, but a reverence for god almighty, a love of learning that was nurtured at mark twain school, and there he met irma, his sweetheart for over 70 years by whose side he will now rest for eternity.
unable to afford college, he did what he could to get by. finding work as a gas station attendant, a produce salesman, a meat cutter, and a welder in the shipyards of baltimore and tampa during world war ii. returning home to west virginia after the war he ran for the statehouse of delegates using his fiddle case as a briefcase, the better to stand out on the stump. before long he ran for congress, serving in the house before jumping over to the senate where he was elected nine times and held almost every leadership role imaginable and proved as capable as swaying others as standing alone, marking a roll of milestones along the way. longest serving member of congress, nearly 19,000 votes cast, and not a single loss at
the polls, a record that speaks to the bond that he had with you, the people of his state. transplanted to washington, his heart remained here in west virginia, in the place that shaped him were the people he loved. his heart belonged to you, making life better here was his only agenda, giving you hope, he said, was his greatest achievement. hope in the form of new jobs and industries, hope in the form of black lung benefits and union protection it, hope through roads and research centers, schools and scholarships, health clinics and industrial parks that bear his name. his early rival and late friend ted kennedy used to joke about
campaigning in west virginia when his bus broke down ted got a hold of the highway patrol who asked where he was. he said i'm on robert byrd highway, and the dispatcher said which one? >> it's a life that immeasurably improved the lives of west virginians. of course, robert byrd was a deeply religious man, a christian. and so he understood that our lives are marked by sins as well as virtues, failures as well as successes, weakness as well as strength. we know there are things he said and things he did that he came to regret. i remember talking about that the first time i visited with
him. he said there are things i regretted in my youth, you may know that. and i said none of us are absent of some regrets, senator. that's why we enjoy and seek the grace of god. as i reflect on the full sweep of his 92 years it seems to me that his life bent towards justice like the constitution he tucked in his pocket, like our nation itself robert byrd possessed that quintessential american quality, and that is a capacity to change. a capacity to learn, a capacity to listen, a capacity to be made
more perfect. over his nearly six decades in our capitol, he came to be seen as the very embodiment of the sena senate, prchronicling its histo in the volumes he gave to me as he gave to president clinton. i too, read it. i was scared he was going to quiz me. but as i soon discovered, his passion for the senate's past, his mastery of even its most arcane procedures, it wasn't an obsession with the trivial or the obscure. it reflected a profoundly noble impulse, a recognition of a basic truth about this country that we are not a nation of men.
we are a nation of laws. our way of life rests on our democratic institutions precisely because we are fallible, it falls to each of us to safeguard these institutions even when it's unconvenient and pass on our republic more perfect than before. considering the vast learning of the self-taught senator, his speeches sprinkled with the likes of cicero and shakespeare. it feels fitting, from moby dick. there is a catskill eagle in some souls that can alike dive
down into the gorges and soar out of them again and become invisible in the sunny spaces. and even if he forever flies within the gorge, that gorge is in the mountains so that even in his lowest swoop the mountain eagle is still higher than any other bird upon the plain even though they soar. robert byrd was a mountain eagle, and his lowest swoop was still higher than the other birds upon the plain. may god bless robert c. byrd, may he welcomed kindly by the righteous judge and may his spirit soar forever like a catskill eagle high above the heavens. thank you very much. >> president obama being embraced by governor joe manchin
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>> u.s. prosecutors have warned that the alleged russian spy ring busted this week is part of a sophisticated network of russian agens and they argue that's one reason yet suspects must stay behind bars and not be given bail. pat rowland was given this case when he was in the justice department and now joins me here. welco welcome. thanks very much. you unveil some of the evidence and some surprising things came out. what was the most surprising to you from the documents filed yesterday and presented in court? >> i think the most surprising thing was one of the defendants lazaro actually acknowledged a few important facts, one that he is not lazaro. that wasn't his real name. the legend he -- apparently revealed to some extent that the legend was false and he
acknowledged some connections with the russian service and indeed said that he had an extraordinary loyalty to the service. the thing that i was most surprised about is that he talked at all to say anything. >> he said, in facts that his loyalty to the russian service to the moscow center was more important to him than the loyalty to his 17-year-old son. >> that's what you would expect from a person who has lived a lie his entire adult lie. he spent his entire life telling his kids to his neighbors and everybody one set of facts that aren't true at all. >> a lot of people are asking me, what is the rationale for this? all of the money, the time that the russians invested in this assuming that the prosecution has a real case here, what were they expecting to get that they couldn't have gotten off the internet? these were not people placed in high agencies. >> i think you're right that it's hard to understand exactly how you go from point a to point
b with the kind of job they had, but they were traveling in circles where people had a lot of money, potential opportunities and the connection with international trade, to learn more about what the united states wanted to do. there's a lot of different ways that you could see that their connections would pop up some interesting information for the russians. >> ana chapman supposedly told her former husband alex chapman, this was in "the daily telegraph" that her father was high up in the ranks of the kgb. her father controlled everything in her life. and would have done anything for her dad. when i saw she was arrested on suspicion of spying it didn't come as much of a surprise. it seemed as though this was a family business. >> it's very odd to me because she's obviously very different than the other set of defendants who have false names and are na, and have been living a lie from start to finish. she didn't make much of an attempt to hide the fact she had deep russian roots.
the others were parading as cynthia and richard murphy living in montclair new jersey and others in yonkers as well. we're to be dug out of this one. thank you very much for taking a stab at it. thanks, pat. what political story will be making headlines in the next 24 hours? that's next right here. i'd like one of those desserts and some coffee. - sure, cake or pie? - pie. - apple or cherry? - cherry. oil or cream? oil or cream? cream. some use hydrogenated oil. reddi-wip uses real dairy cream. nothing's more real than reddi-wip.
and what political stories will be making headlines in the next 24 hours. chris salissa, author of the fixed blog, we got this in from alexandria, a hearing today for two more of the suspects that two more of the suspects have acknowledged that they were using fake names. and that from prosecutors in court there. what are you looking at today? >> that story is absolutely unbelievable, andrea. it is just, golly, it is like a spy novel. putting that aside, that's not my job, just my interest. i think, look, the campaign finance reports the second
quarter, the last three months ended on wednesday. we're going to see a lot of reports trickling in, not a lot of attention paid to them, but next week will be a big week. you have a lot of people trying to prove with four months left before the election, they're position right and money is an important way to show that, to win the races. :ó are the most names out there? >> sure. i'll give you -- i was going to say charlie crist is one that jumps to mind. this guy say prolific fund-raiser, raised $10 million prior to switching allegiance in that senate race. dñ he keep raising money? it is hard to raise money if you're not part of a party or you don't have sort of a national built in donor base in the way joe lieberman in the jewish community when he went from a democrat to an independent. absolutely keep an eye on crist. in ohio, lee fisher, he's running for the senate. he's performed quite poorly on the fund-raising circuit for a race that is absolutely critical in a state that we're going to
be talking a lot about, not just in 2010, but 2012. keep an eye on him. also, sharon engel in nevada running against harry reid. this is a huge one. someone who had $132,000 in the bank to harry reid's $9 million. she needs to start making up ground. >> we'll be looking at all of those in the coming weeks and months indeed. chris, have a great weekend. >> you too. >> that does it for this edition of "andrea mitchell reports." alex witt will be up next. next week, we go on the road from the aspen ideas festival. enjoy your holiday weekend with friends and family. be safe. and, please, let's remember the men and women of our military around the world, standing guard to protect our freedom. >> i want to say happy fourth of july to everybody. i want our troops overseas to know that we are thinking of your bravery and grateful for your service. [ male announcer ] if you have type 2 diabetes,
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